Join local author Vesna Main at the East Sheen Library next Thursday 24th May for an evening of discussion and short stories. Main will be talking about her newly released book of short stories Temptation: A Users Guide. The collection of twenty short stories run around the theme of obsession, passion and the desire to be loved. Varying in style and length the collection has been described as 'beautifully observed' and 'relentlessly observational'. The event takes place 7pm – 8pm at East Sheen Library. Tickets £3 and can be purchased here
Part of City Read 2018
Have you got your tickets for the Arts Richmond Book Picnic on Sunday 13 May? It’s a unique event in the Richmond arts diary, a great social occasion and an opportunity to hear from a renowned author, this year Barbara Hosking who will talk about her intriguing book "Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant". Bring your picnic to the spectacular May Fair marquee on Richmond Green. Booking details below.
Barbara Hosking will be in conversation with Lynn Faulds Wood, television presenter, journalist and charity campaigner. Barbara has just published the story of her career working with Prime Ministers at No 10 and in the upper reaches of the Civil Service and television, and about coming out as gay at the age of 91! She has acquired a massive following as a champion of women fighting for gender equality at work. She was awarded a CBE for her work with women peace-makers in Northern Ireland. A good way to celebrate this centenary year of Votes for Women. You can be sure that Lynn and Barbara will have a fascinating conversation and welcome your input too.
Arts Richmond Book Picnic in the May Fair marquee on Richmond Green, Sunday 13 May, doors open at 12 noon. Arts Richmond provides the marquee, tables and chairs, and the atmosphere. Bring your own picnics.
Book at artsrichmond.org.uk/picnictickets or in The Open Book
As Richmond Literature Festival 2017 comes to a close we look back on our most successful year to date! With a litany of sell out talks and a host of world famous authors we are sad to close the curtains on our favourite month of the year.
Some of the literary world’s biggest names flocked to Richmond to hold a range of fascinating workshops, talk and events attracting larger crowds than ever before! Some of our highlights include the iconic Claire Tomlin who stunned audiences with her insightful and inspiring memoirs and The National Theaters favourite James Hayes and his witty tales of the theatre.
Not to mention the legendary David Starkey with his latest book on Henry VIII, who may have been the first Brexiteer! Melvyn Bragg on the life of William Tyndale, Ann Thwaite with her celebrated biography and Peter Stanford with his tales of Martin Luther and Catholic dissent.
Our children’s line up was as popular as ever. In particular David Baddiel’s Birthday Boy which allowed parents and children to explore Baddiel’s world through fiction and illustration, and Harriet Muncaster’s fancy dress, Halloween themed afternoon of literary fun!
With over 3000 tickets sold across forty-three events, we are proud to call Richmond Literature Festival 2017 a roaring success!
We would like to take this opportunity to thanks everyone who made Literature Festival 2017 such a spectacular event.
For those experiencing post Richmond Literature Festival blues, head over to St Mary’s University, Twickenham on Tuesday 5th December to catch the launch of Alumna Lara Dearman’s book ‘The Devil’s Claw’.
Lara, a 2016 graduate of the Creative Writing MA, introduces the first part in her new crime novel series set in the Channel Islands.
The story follows reporter Jennifer Dorey as she investigates a string of murders on her childhood home of Guernsey, putting herself at danger from the murderer.
For more information, click here
Literature Festival is well under way and so we've created our list of what NOT to miss in the final weeks!
Luke Wright – The Toll
Join Fringe First Award winning poet Luke Wright - and his eclectic range of characters - on a journey through the flat-roofed pubs and the couches of Brexit Britain this Friday! Described by Patti Smith as “cool poems” and the New Scotsman as “Visceral, poignant, and riotously funny”, Luke Wright is an up and coming poet not to be missed!
Isobel Charman – The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo
Isobel Charman takes her audience to the “First Zoo in History” in her epic tale of the first twenty-five years of The London Zoo. Meet characters from Charles Darwin to Queen Victoria against an adventurous backdrop of the might of the British Empire at a time of scientific and naturalist discovery.
Described as “A deeply researched, terrifically entertaining exploration of the London Zoo “through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen”, make sure you don’t miss tickets to an evening which will not disappoint!
Judith Flanders – Christmas: A Biography
As the evenings turn colder join renowned historian Judith Flanders on an exploration of the nation’s favourite festival. Flanders delves back in time, investigating all aspects of Christmas from rowdy traditions and over consumption to the 1914 Christmas Truce and wrapping paper.
Packed through with legends, myths and the origins of familiar traditions, Flanders talk is bound to get you into the festive spirit equipping you with Christmas Dinner talking points and perhaps new traditions to bring to your family table.
Limited tickets still available for James Hayes: Shouting in the Evening and Clover Stroud: The Wild Other Recovery and Loving in the Wild
Tickets can be purchased HERE